Alter Locus Stems
For remixers and the terminally curious
12 Oct 2011
In the spirit of the license under which it is distributed, I have released stems for all nine of the tracks in my bestselling chart-topper of an album, Alter Locus. A quick warning: these files are big downloads, and they extract to about double. Avoid them if you have bandwidth concerns.
Download and unzip the file, then navigate to the 'Media' folder inside '[song title].band'. The audio files are in that folder.
Download, unzip and open the file in GarageBand.
Mac users with an aversion to GarageBand
Download, unzip and open the file in Logic.
Mac users with an aversion to GarageBand and Logic
Download and unzip, then ctrl-click on the extracted GarageBand project and click 'Show Package Contents'. The audio files are in the 'Media' folder within.
As with the main release, these stems are Creative Commons Attribution. If you use them for something, credit with a link to the album page. Also, be sure to let me know if you make something cool - I'd love to hear it, and I'll probably link to it from here.
These files will not sound identical to the final releases, as master and auxiliary effects have all been muted or bypassed in order to get the cleanest signal for your manipulation purposes. If, for whatever reason, you would like cleaner or further subdivided versions of any of them, get in touch.
Some of these songs have a track in them called 'sidekick',which is muted in the GarageBand project. This track, if present, is a signal that was used to feed sidechain compressors in that particular song, and should not be directly audible.
The vocals in Stones have a reverse reverb effect on them which, for the purposes of this collection, I have omitted. I also disabled the distortion on the vocals in the first chorus. Also; Stones sounds about one and a half semitones flatter than it is played, as the piano I recorded it on is beautifully out of tune. It was written in G# minor, changing into D for the choruses.
Stones and Terrans are not tempo-locked, and the tempo map is embedded as markers in the audio files. How you make use of this depends on your software, and it may not be possible in some cases.
If you would like this kind of treatment for other tracks I have been responsible for, tell me which and I'll try to throw something together.